Benefit Roller Lash | Review

Hello lovelies,

How are you all doing today? I have been loving this mascara for a while now so I decided to write a review to tell you all about it.

I first tried this benefit mascara when I went away for the weekend. I had forgotten to pack a makeup bag! I thought I’d take a stroll down to boots and see what i could pick up. I found this lovely little gift set that included a miniature brow gel, primer and the roller lash mascara. Prior to this I had never purchased any products from benefit because to be honest i didn’t know if the product would be with the money.

The Packaging

Lets start of with the packaging, I received this full size version for christmas. This mascara came in a lovely box. I love the design of roller lash, my favourite colour is pink and i think the black works really well with it. The handle of the wand has a slight rubbery texture which makes it easier to undo and grip whilst using it (especially if you have just applied hand cream) As you can see it also has a sort of lattice design to the handle, i think the design and the feel of this product is really good quality.

The Wand

At first I wasn’t sure about this style of wand because i don’t always get on well with plastic bristles but I wanted to give it a try. I ended up being pleasantly surprised, with the mascaras I have tried before that have had plastic bristles I found that it made my lashes clump together which I’m not really a fan of. Instead it made my lashes look really fluffy and separated them well. This wand has a small curve in it which helps to reach all of the lashes .

 

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Colour

The colour I chose was black, I mostly like to wear black mascara as have quite light eyelashes so I find I need as dark a colour as I can get to really bring out my lashes. This mascara adds a lot of colour to the lashes and helps to accentuate them! I love how dark this mascara makes my lashes.

Overall Performance

To summarise I really love this mascara, as it has a curved wand it help to give your lashes that extra curl that I definitely need. It also helps to reach all of the little lashes in between to give the best effect and to give the lashes volume. I think the packaging is lovely and I think the colour scheme is great. After receiving this as a gift for Christmas when it runs out I definitely do think I’ll be repurchasing it even thought it is the most expensive mascara I have owned at £20 I do think it is worth the price tag.

 

Here are the before and after photos!

 

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Let me know in the comments if you have tried this mascara and what your thoughts are!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

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A Little Lush Haul

Hello lovelies,

How are you doing today? I hope you’ve had a fab weekend. Today I thought I would do something i haven’t done before on my blog, a lush haul!

Read on to find out what I purchased and my thoughts on them.

I really love Southampton for shopping as there is such a massive variety of places to go. The majority of shopping I did today was in the west queue shopping centre, last time I went to Southampton to shop was a few years ago and i never remembered there being a lush store there, so when I  arrived and saw it I was very happy.

I have never actually done a lush haul on my blog before so this is a first! As the nearest lush shop is about an hour away from me I always have to make the most of it when I get the rare chance! Lush is one of my favourite shops, I know some people can’t stomach the smell, and i’ll admit it is quite overpowering and you definitely smell it before you see it! I really enjoy looking round and getting to test out and smell all of the different products.

As it’s getting close to easter now Lush always bring out special holiday products, there were a few I hadn’t seen before such as cream egg and  easter bunny sugar scrub. I really love that they bring out new and different products for holidays. I was a little bit disappointed that quite a few of these products where glittery, the reason why i find it a little but harder to shop for new products to try out is that I’m not a bit fan of the bath bombs or bubble bars that have glitter within them, i get that it appeals to some people, but having tried them out before i just don’t like getting out of the bath looking like a glitter monster! Instead I hunt for new products that are glitter free.

I was able to pick up a couple of things that a get almost every time I step into lush and I was also able to find a couple of new things that i hadn’t seen or tried before so I am really excited to give you all my opinions on them once i have tried them out. Let’s get on with the haul!

Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

The first item I found was the Think Pink bubble bar, for me this is a staple for my baths. I know some find the snow fairy scent overwhelming but i love it, to me it’s a really sweet sugary scent and I love the colour its turns the bath water to as its a bright pink! What I love about bubble bars is that you can get so many uses out of them, I break off a little pice each time I want to spice up my bath water and overall I think I can get around 6 or 7 baths out of this one bubble bar. With that being said i think it’s definitely worth the money at £3.50 As it has coco butter in it I find it helps to moisturise and soften my skin.

Main ingredients 

  • Almond oil

Moisturising and conditioning

  • Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter

Moisturising and softening

  • Vanilla Absolute

Sweet and soothing

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Butterball Bath Bomb

The next product I picked up is another one of my all time favourites, Butterball. This little bath bomb is just a classic from lush and I think pretty much all people will like the scent this one has, as its made with cocoa butter it smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling so smooth and moisturised. Every time I go into lush I have to pick one of these up, I think they are a great bath bomb and a very reasonable price at £2.95. I love the simplicity of this bath bomb when you go into lush you are bombarded with all of the different colours of the rainbow and more, so I think it’s really nice to have some products that aren’t as bold for people who are maybe new to lush or just prefer something a little less wild. I find the scent really relaxing and it helps me to sleep at night after having my bath. Again if I really wanted to save it I sometimes break this bath bomb in half so I can get two uses out of it as i can’t get to a lush store as easily as others.

Main ingredients

  • Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter

Moisturising and softening

  • Ylang Ylang Oil

Sweet and heady

Cocoa Sugar Scrub 

This item was part of the easter range, which I thought I would have a give at least one product a go from. There were two different type of this product one was a white bunny which had more of a coconut vibe and this one which was more chocolatey. As i have a lot of products already and are coconut scented I thought I would go for the cocoa bunny, this one smelt heavenly. They texture of this is quite coarse as it contains granulated sugar so I imagine it is going to be lovely to exfoliate your skins with in the shower and it will make you smell amazing! This product was pretty reasonably price a £4.95 I think that I will be able to get quite a lot of uses out of this sugar scrub.

Main ingredients 

  • Cocoa Powder

Softening, uplifting and antioxidant

  • Vanilla Absolute

Sweet and soothing

  • Cocoa absolute

Chocoaltely and uplifting

  • Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter

Moisturising and softening

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Gritty Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

The last thing I picked up from lush today was this lovely facial cleanser, I don’t use many products on my face as i do have rather sensitive skin but I thought this sounded really lovely and wanted to give it a try. I have used this product for the first time tonight, I love the way it feels on my skin when i was rubbing it in, it also has very tiny pieces of coconut shell within it which gently exfoliated my skin. I love the smell of this product and i only us very small amount as it just melted into my hands. It removed my makeup really well, it even removed my mascara without much trouble. The one thing I will say is currently my cheeks are very red, I am not sure if this is due to the cleanser or not as my skin is quite sensitive it may just be that it needs a while to settle down. I would love to write a full review on this product when i have tested it out properly. I think if this product works for me i will definitely buy it again as it was £4.95 so i think it is good value for what you get in my opinion.

Main Ingredients 

  • Sandalwood

Warm and woody

  • Rose wood oil

Balancing mind and skin

  • Ground coconut shell

Gentle exfoliant

  • Benzoin Resinoid

Soothing and protective

And thats the end of my haul, it was only a little one today. I hope you enjoyed reading, if you did let me know by leaving a like!

I’d love it if you could let me know what your favourite lush products are in the comments, or what would you like to try out!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

February BirchBox | First Impressions

Hello lovelies,

How are you? Today I am writing about the February Birchbox, whats inside and my first impressions of the products. Read on to find out more!

As february is the month of love, being valentines the box has this sort of theme, in this months box a few post cards were added in with different wording on the design as you can see.

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Anatomicals Body Cleanser

The first thing that caught my attention in this months box was this cleanser. It is a full size product as it is 100ml. This cleanser is called “no one gets flirty with the dirty pick me up body cleanser” sticking with the theme of valentines day. I have heard of this brand before but until now haven’t tried any of their products out. I really like the scent of the cleanser, at first I wasn’t sure but the more I’ve used it the more I’ve grown to like the smell I would say it’s a unisex scent as it’s not either too feminine or masculine it sort of meets in the middle. It lathers up really well and a little goes a long way. As the RRP is only £4 i would consider buying it again.

Geranium and Grapefruit Body Milk

This lotion is by the brand John Masters Organics, the size of this product is only small as it’s a sample but would be great for travel or to keep in your handbag as it won’t take up too much room. I really love how this makes my hands feel, as one of the ingredients is coconut oil it really hydrates and moisturises.  After using this product my hand feel so smooth and soft but you don’t get any oil residue and the product sinks into the skin very fast. The scent of this body milk is the one thing that I wouldn’t rave about, the main ingredients are geranium and grapefruit. As I am not a big fan of citrus scents this isn’t to my taste, the grapefruit is a powerful scent but you can also smell the floral notes of the geranium. I wouldn’t purchase this again as the full size version is £18 and I don’t love the smell enough to buy it.

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Coconut and Fig Hair Masque

The next thing that caught my eye was this coco & eve “like a virgin” hair mask. I have seen this product advertised so am looking forward to giving it a go. I will do a full review on this once I have given it a few tries. The first thing to say about this product is that i adore the scent, one of my all time favourite scents is coconut so i can’t go wrong with this! It’s not an overpowering type of smell but it is really lovely, and i can’t wait to find out what its like when it’s in the hair. The directions for this product are different to what i thought they would be, you shampoo your hair and towel dry it, then distribute it evenly throughout your hair. This product claims it improves shine, texture and tames frizz. As i have naturally curly hair i can’t wait to see what the results are because my hair goes very frizzy when its natural.

Liquid Shimmer Shadow Eclipse

In this months box there were two shades of this eyeshadow you could possibly get, I received Eclipse. I really love this colour, it is a coppery shade and is a shimmer eyeshadow. I have worn this eyeshadow out once for a few hours, it applied really easily and is really pigmented. This product lasted the whole time i was out, its pretty smudge proof which is great as most powdered shadows start to wear off the longer you wear it. I love how shimmery it is and the applicator makes it easy to apply and enables you to be more precise as it’s not too big.

Tapered Blending Brush

The last item in February’s BirchBox is an eyeshadow brush from the brand Luxie, I’ve heard of this brand and think they are quite popular but I myself haven’t tried their products before. I like the look of this brush and the rose gold detailing is lovely! The bristles are quite soft, although i don’t think they’re as soft as the real techniques eyeshadow brushes. I am yet to give this brush a go but as it say i think it will be really good for blending shadows together. It does feel like a good quality brush and i am going to look into the brand more if i love using this brush.

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That’s all from Birchbox this month. I am quite happy with the selection of different products I received this time, but would’ve liked to see maybe another beauty product added into the mix.

I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know what you think of these products or if you’ve tried any of them out in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

Brow Emergency Kit | Review

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to write a review on this product I found while looking for a new brow gel in Primark.

I really like using their brow gel, it works really well and holds my brows in place for the whole day. As I was looking I couldn’t find any on their own, instead i found this Brow Emergency set.

For £2.50 I couldn’t not give it a try. As you can see within the set you get 4 items. The first is a little brow pencil, next is a spoolie, then the brow gel and lastly a pair of tweezers. For this price you are getting each item for around 62p which is incredible! I love the look of this little set, it come in a clear plastic container and on the back there is a set of pictures that are showing you the steps to this kit.

The set I got was medium brown I like the feel of the brow pencil and the gel as the packaging for both are mainly matte, i think it gives it a sleek design.

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Tweezers

At first look tweezers are not the best quality in the world but for 62p you can’t complain too much. They are a classic silver colour and the size of them is pretty good as they are the same size as a regular pair. When it came to plucking the hairs they were actually pretty good, i wasn’t expecting them to be so precise and it didn’t hurt much at all!

The Brow Pencil

I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this brow pencil. As i said before I got mine in the shade  medium brown The texture of the pencil is really smooth and silky as it goes onto the brows , I  found that it also blended out really well. This shade is a little bit darker than what I would normally go for so it took me a little while to get used to them as it did give them a more bold look. To get this sort of tone you only need to press lightly on the pencil as it is really pigmented. I will definitely continue to use this product.

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Spoolie

Next is the set is a little eyebrow spoolie. I love using spoolies as I find they help so much with getting the hairs all in the right direction and it helps to neaten the look up. My normal brow product is the Benefit goof proof brow pencil which comes with a spoolie on one end and the product at the other end. The handle on this spoolie is not the best quality as its plastic and quite small, apart from this its still easy to use and I think the bristles on it are really good, they are quite soft so the don’t scratch the skin underneath when you’re combing. Due to its size I think this would be a good product to put in your handbag/ travel bag.

Brow Gel

The last piece the this set is the Brow gel! As I mentioned above i really like the brow gel that Primark sell. This one has slightly different packaging and is a little bit bigger than the one i purchased previously but it works all the same. I find this brow gel really good for keeping my brows in place without putting too much product on them like other brands i have tried. What I like about this particular brand is that it doesn’t leave your brows hard or “straw like” as some other brands do. I will definitely be being this product again when it runs out.

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Overall I think this buy was a success, I don’t know if i will continue to use the tweezers but I will keep them in my draw as a back up if i am going away or happen to lose my current pair. My favourite part of this set has to be the brow pencil as it really did surprise me with how well it worked.

Have you tried this brow set, or will you try it after reading? What brand is your favourite brow gel from?  Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty